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Parasyte Part 1 (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Sometani Shota (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Abe Sadao (Actor) | Hashimoto Ai (Actor)
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Beware of the parasite! Director and special effects whiz Yamazaki Takashi brings Iwaki Hitoshi's terrifying saga of alien invasion to life with Parasyte, the closing film of the 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival. A story that can be best described as Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets awkward coming-of-age comedy, Parasyte follows the adventures of a high school student whose right arm is taken over by a small alien parasite. Featuring mind-blowing special effects and shocking moments of violence that will send chills up your spine, Parasyte Part One is an enticing appetizer that foreshadows the explosive climax to come!

One night, a race of parasites begins invading the human world, crawling into human bodies and taking over their brains. Those who are possessed transform into terrifying hybrids who devour other humans for food. Thanks to a pair of headphones, high school student Shinichi (Sometani Shota) stops a parasite from getting into his head. However, the parasite nests itself in Shinichi's right arm and begins acting as an independent being (voiced by Abe Sadao). As the two begin developing an odd bond, a parasite in a science teacher's body (Fukatsu Eri) grows curious about how the minds of a parasite and its human host can co-exist in one body.

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Product Title: Parasyte Part 1 (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 寄生獸 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 寄生兽 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 寄生獣 Parasyte Part 1 (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Sometani Shota (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Abe Sadao (Actor) | Hashimoto Ai (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | Omori Nao (Actor) | Pierre Taki (Actor) | Kunimura Jun (Actor) | Yo Kimiko (Actor) | Arai Hirofumi (Actor) | Higashide Masahiro (Actor) 染谷將太 (Actor) | 深津繪里 (Actor) | 阿部貞夫 (Actor) | 橋本愛 (Actor) | 淺野忠信 (Actor) | 北村一輝 (Actor) | 大森南朋 (Actor) | 瀧正則 (Actor) | 國村準 (Actor) | 余貴美子 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) | 東出昌大 (Actor) 染谷将太 (Actor) | 深津绘里 (Actor) | 阿部贞夫 (Actor) | 桥本爱 (Actor) | 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 北村一辉 (Actor) | 大森南朋 (Actor) | 泷正则 (Actor) | 国村准 (Actor) | 余贵美子 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) | 东出昌大 (Actor) 染谷将太 (Actor) | 深津絵里 (Actor) | 阿部サダヲ (Actor) | 橋本愛 (Actor) | 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 北村一輝 (Actor) | 大森南朋 (Actor) | ピエール瀧 (Actor) | 國村隼 (Actor) | 余貴美子 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) | 東出昌大 (Actor) Sometani Shota (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Abe Sadao (Actor) | Hashimoto Ai (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | Omori Nao (Actor) | Pierre Taki (Actor) | Kunimura Jun (Actor) | Yo Kimiko (Actor) | Arai Hirofumi (Actor) | Higashide Masahiro (Actor)
Director: Yamazaki Takashi 山崎貴 山崎贵 山崎貴 Yamazaki Takashi
Release Date: 2015-05-07
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1039299903

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Director: Yamazaki Takashi

One night by the seaside, tiny creatures or “Parasytes” arrive on Earth to take over human bodies and prey on human kind.

One Parasyte latches on to a regular high schooler, Shinichi but he prevents it from completely taking over his mind and body and instead it has to start a reluctant existence in his rihgt arm.

Shinichi cannot reveal his terrible secret to those around him, and during this time of stalemate, a feeling almost of friendship develops between him and the creature he calls “Migi” (“Righty”). Before long, they begin to encounter other Parasytes which launch savage attacks against them and put the life of his childhood friend, Satomi in danger.

Then things take a sudden turn for the worse. Shinichi’s beloved mother is killed and taken over by a Parasyte. When the creature launches an attack on him, he has no choice but to kill her.
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Professional Review of "Parasyte Part 1 (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 10, 2015

This professional review refers to Parasyte Part 1 (2014) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Iwaki Hitoshi's popular manga Parasyte makes it to the big screen for the first of a two-part adaptation, directed by Yamazaki Takashi, a solid choice for the task given his background in special-effects heavy blockbusters like The Eternal Zero, Space Battleship Yamato and Returner. A genre blending mix of coming of age comedy and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with plenty of gore and weirdness thrown in along the way, the film premiered as the closing film of the 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival before going on to play at several other events around the world.

The film quickly gets down to business, opening with a horde of parasites arriving on earth and taking over human hosts by burrowing into their brains, controlling their bodies and transforming into monsters to feed on flesh. Saved by his headphones, high school student Shinichi (Sion Sono regular Sometani Shota, recently in the awesome Tokyo Tribe) finds a parasite setting up residence in his hand instead, a sentient being calling itself Migi (voiced by Abe Sadao). As the two gradually get used to life together, they come up against other parasites who are working their way through the local human populace, while a parasite occupying the body of a science teacher (Fukatsu Eri, Villain) takes an interest in their odd co-existence.

There's certainly a lot going on in Parasyte, and it definitely seems to have been a wise decision to split the manga into a two-parter. Coming first, Yamazaki Takashi's here inevitably spends a lot of time with set up and with exploring his cast of characters, human and otherwise, though the script is well balanced in this respect, successfully and coherently combining its various genres and influences. While the parasite and the physical and mental changes it results in for Shinichi is a fairly obvious metaphor for the usual onset of puberty theme, it does make for some interesting and creative twists, its Cronenberg-style body horror resulting in a metamorphosis that brings both brings power and inconvenient and destructive problems. Though a fairly generic protagonist, Shinichi is sympathetic enough, and Sometani Shota shows somewhat more range than in other films, managing to convey his gradual shift from confused to something more mature and possibly sinister as he and the parasite strengthen their symbiotic bond. Though it'd be going too far to accuse the film of real substance, it's certainly more thoughtful and considered than most other manga adaptations or cult Japanese sci-fi horror, and as such it should have a broader appeal for a general audience.

This is undermined a little by some uneven pacing, with the film suffering from a few slow stretches in which very little happens, mostly in relation to Shinichi's high school life, and which are likely to frustrate viewers hoping for more parasite action. The film does pick up steam as it goes on, though the final act suffers from trying to pack in far too much, and while it does a good job of teasing some potentially interesting and far-reaching developments, these might have been better spaced out and explored in more detail. Still, the questions posed for the follow-up do pique the interest, and the final cliff-hanger conclusion feels like a vaguely natural cut-off point.

The film benefits from some solid production values, and looks considerably better and slicker than a number of others of the type. The special effects are mostly of a high standard, a couple of instances of shabby CGI aside, though the strange look of the parasites might put some viewers off, their design being both cartoonish and grotesque, and lacking any sense of believability or real-world physics. The slightly surreal air that this results in is however clearly part of Yamazaki's approach and plan for the film, and it does have a fittingly other-worldly air that successfully combines with its more down to earth and mundane aspects. The gore also helps, the film packing in several surprisingly gruesome and bloody set pieces, including the requisite classroom splatter gag, a fact which should ensure that it goes down well with the cult film crowd. This similarly adds a visceral edge and a certain level of unpredictable threat, which Yamazaki makes the most of to up the tension as the stakes are slowly raised.

Though flawed, Parasyte has a lot going for it, and manages to entertain and succeed where other manga adaptations or part one films have floundered. Enjoyable and imaginative in its own right while whetting the appetite for the coming sequel, it's another fine offering from Yamazaki Takashi, who again proves himself one of the best Japanese directors when it comes to doing something more interesting with the blockbuster form.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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